Hans Hut sits along the aptly named Whiteout Glacier.

Photo by Travis Taylor.

Avalanche drills at the MCA's Basic Mountaineering School.

Photo by Travis Taylor.

Pichler's Perch, the MCA's first hut, built in 1964, is the forerunner of the Eklutna Traverse system of shelters.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Climber on seracs on the Matanuska Glacier during the annual MCA ice climbing festival.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

March 2015 Board Meeting Minutes

MCA Board Meeting Minutes  Monday, March 23, 2015

Attendess: Max Neale, Cory Hinds, Rachad Rayess, Aaron Gallagher, Carlene Van Tol

  1. VP-Upcoming programs (Galen)

    1. May: Looking for rock climbing presentation

  2. Treasurer’s report (Aaron)

    1. Ledger: $42,000 in bank: $20,000 in savings, rest in checking; looking into putting some money in a CD. Huts are MCA's largest expense. We have $15,000 budgetd for Pitcher's hut improvemnts, but we're unlikely to use it all.

  3. Secretary’s report (Max)

    1. Laptop sold. MCA recouped $87.

    2. Cloud storage: Max will organize files and share with Board.

  4. Huts (Cory)

    1. Pichler’s re-skin. Targeting June 24-30 for the work.  Cory to post in Scree and bring signup sheet at April meeting.

    2. Dnigi relocation. New lease application is not required becuase  new location is within 5 miles. Scree will publish map of proposed location.  Have requested member comments in writing by April 21.  By May board meeting, we should have final decision on location.  Summer evaluation, then decide whether to move it or rebuild, develop budget.  

      1. Rachad has volunteered to work with me to research costs of flying Dnigi panels vs. purchase of new wood structure and fly direct from trailhead.

      2. Need volunteer to ground truth new location.

    3. Mint Hut. Need work party to decant barrel and install urine separating toilet. this summer. Need volunteer to find volunteers to make this happen.

    4. Scandinavian Hut has broken window that needs replacement in the next month or two.  Cory's  friend Paul can do the repairs in May if no one does before.

    5. Leases on DNR land need to be updated every 5 years.  Lease agreements are up for renewal on 3 huts: Bomber, Mint, and Scandinavian.   Greg Bragiel has prepared the lease updates.   Cory will review and submit them with DNR with payment by June 2015.

  5. Training (Jayme)

    1. Summer rock course at Hatcher's Pass?

  6. Mentoring (Rachad)

    1. Still need 2-3 more mentors for general mountaineering. Board memebers should ask their friends to volunterr. Current mentorship period ends in June or July, then we'll evaluate program.

  7. Library (Cory)

    1. Charlotte has catalogued all books at REI and will catalog books at Best Storage next.

  8. Equipment (Josh)

    1. Game plan:  move books out of Best Storage, move all equipment to Best Storage, on shelves. Then close out the Arctic Self Storage unit. Save a few $$.

  9. Parks Advisory

    1. Assembly vote Tuesday (5/24) on several ordinances related to Chugach Access Plan.

    2. Hatcher Pass Meet & Greet: teaching snowmachine users about where they can and cannot go.

  10. New Business

    1. Inquiry about an adventure race incorporating the Eklutna traverse, asking for MCA help. Cory responded that the MCA is not a commercial operation, but there's possibility for collaboration.

  11. Board reviewed suggestions from Tim Silvers and is taking action to improve various administrative aspects of the Club

  12. Next Board meeting is Monday April 20th, 6pm, REI Classrooom. Next general meeting is Tueday April 21st, 6:30PM, BP Energy Center.


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